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Herbert Seidman vs Samuel Reshevsky
US Championship (1959/60), New York, NY USA, rd 4, Dec-22
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Amsterdam Variation (B93)  ·  1-0



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Dec-05-07  sambo: Reshevsky doesn't seem to know what hit him with the bishop and knight sacrifices right in a row. Impressive play from Seidmann.
Apr-18-08  Petrosianic: An odd finale. Reshevsky hangs a rook in a lost position on Move 40. Time pressure, surely.

But on Move 41, Seidman fails to take it. The time control must have been over here (if it wasn't, Reshevsky wouldn't have resigned). Maybe they were moving so fast that Seidman made one extra move before they stopped blitzing? One of those rare games that ends with a ?? move for the winner.

Seidman is another of the forgotten gems of earlier US Chess. A real swashbuckler (as he shows with the double piece sac here), who only drew about 25% of his games in US Championship play lifetime.

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  wwall: I don't think Reshevsky hung a rook. The game appeared in the 1960 February issue of Chess Review, page 47, and White played 35.Bd5, not 35.Bd3 as in this game. With the White Bishop on d5, the rook can now be played to the f1 square without being taken.
Oct-12-13  ChemMac: Of course 35. Bd5 was played, and so at the end RXh6 was an unanswerable threat.

In the letter asking about my availability for the 1968 US Championship, giving the top 20 US players, Seidman was I think rated a few points above me - 2400-something. I won from him in a Marshall-Manhattan match around then. He hadn't played much after around 1962, I think. An impressive win vs. Reshevsky!

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